Copyright law of Turkey

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Turkish copyright law is documented in the law number 5846 on Intellectual and Artistic Works (Turkish: Fikir ve Sanat Eserleri Kanunu).

Turkey is revising its intellectual property rights laws in order to align them with WIPO standards.[1] Turkey is a party to the Berne Convention, the Rome Convention and the TRIPS Agreement. Turkish copyright law was made compliant with these treaties after its 1995 and 2001 amendments.


The first Ottoman Empire copyright regulation was the 1850 Encumen-I Danis Nizamnamesi. The 1857 Matbaalar Nizamnamesi granted writers lifetime copyright.[2] The 1910 Authors' Rights Act was based on mid-1800s French law[3] or the German Copyright Code of 1901[4] and remained in force until 1951[5] though with little enforcement.[4]


Originally written in December 1951, law 5846 has been amended by the following laws:

  • 2936, 1983-11-01
  • 4110, 1995-06-07
  • 4630, 2001-02-21
  • 5101, 2004-03-03
  • 5217, 2004-07-14
  • 5571, 2006-12-28

In addition, a draft law has been prepared to amend articles 23, 25, 43, and 71-81, as part of the aforementioned harmonization plan.[6]

Related laws[edit]

Other laws applicable to the creation of audiovisual art are[7]

  • 3984 (on the Establishment of Radio and Television Enterprises and their Broadcasts)
  • 3257 (on Cinema, Video and Musical Works)
  • 5680 (Press Law)
  • 1117 (on the Protection of Minors against Harmful Publications)
  • 4054 (on the Protection of Competition)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aktekin, Ugur (June 2007). "Keeping up with WIPO". Managing Intellectual Property: 72–73. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  2. ^ Nadide Güher Erer (2014). "A Short History of Copyright in the West, in the Ottoman Empire and in Turkey". Türk Kütüphaneciliği. 
  3. ^ A Shifting Empire: 100 Years of the Copyright Act 1911. p. 88. ISBN 1781003092. 
  4. ^ a b Cahit Suluk (2012). "Emerging Issues In Turkish Intellectual Property Law". 
  5. ^ "Copyright Protection on the Internet: Analysis of an International, Regional and Nationally Based Protection". 2006. 
  6. ^ "Turkey: Copyright, Draft Law (Amendment)". WIPO. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  7. ^ Baytan, Hatice Dilek (2001-08-03). "Turkey: Law Relevant to the Audiovisual Sector". European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 

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